For caregivers, there’s many instances that require your hands to have a little more protection. Whether you’re changing an incontinence product, cleaning up bodily fluids, or preparing food for a large group, gloves can protect both you and your loved one from the spread of bacteria. These gloves prevent the spread of infection from one person to another and help to keep hands clean and free of contaminants.
If your caregiving routine lends itself to situations such as these below, consider keeping disposable gloves on hand:
- Tube feeding a loved one - Using gloves helps to keep the area and hands clean and prevents coming into contact with anything that could potentially be harmful.
- Adult diaper changes or other incontinence related clean ups - disposable gloves help keep hands clean and free of urine or bacteria in the stool.
- Providing injections - keeps hands and area clean.
- Cleaning - protects hands from cleaning agents used during routine household cleaning. Helps reduce the risk of spreading germs while maintaining medical supplies such as CPAP machine accessories, Nebulizer kits, and other respiratory and oxygen related equipment.
We carry a variety of single-use, medical grade, ambidextrous gloves to meet your caregiving needs, like:
- Gloves with high tactile sensitivity (Textured on the fingertips for secure handling of instruments and materials).
- Clear or colored gloves.
- Chemo tested and meets ASTM requirements.
- Powder Free Latex Exam gloves with a non-stick interior coating which makes them ideal for activewear or use in wet, damp, or dry situations.
What’s the difference between vinyl, nitrile, and latex gloves?
Vinyl, nitrile, and latex gloves are all considered medical-grade, but they have unique features. For more information regarding these differences, check out our Vinyl vs Nitrile vs Latex Gloves article.
Who should use exam gloves?
Use gloves when handling bodily fluids such as saliva, blood, urine, or stool from a loved one.
Can I use exam gloves for food handling?
Yes, you can use exam gloves for food handling. While exam gloves are not specifically designed for food handling, they can provide a barrier between your hands and food. This is especially important if you have a cut or sore on your hand that could come into contact with food. If you do use exam gloves for food handling, be sure to wash your hands thoroughly before and after putting them on.
Is nitrile safe on skin?
Nitrile gloves are an allergy-safe alternative to latex gloves, and tend to offer greater protection. These nitrile gloves are durable and resistant to certain chemicals and drugs.
Are nitrile gloves or latex gloves better?
Nitrile tends to be stronger and higher-quality than latex. Latex gloves are a great disposable glove option when not using chemicals. Latex gloves also tend to be a bit more affordable.
In what situations should I use vinyl vs. nitrile vs. latex gloves?
The type of gloves that will most benefit you and your loved one depends on their individual needs and your caregiving responsibilities. To learn more about recommendations on usage, check out our Vinyl vs Nitrile vs Latex Gloves article.